New Zealand

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New Zealand is located in the Southwest Pacific Ocean and consists of two main Islands as well as a number of smaller ones. The principal Islands are the North and South Islands which are separated by the Cook Strait.

North Island has a mountainous center with many hot springs and volcanic peaks. South Island is much more mountainous with the Southern Alps, which has some 350 glaciers, running across the length of the Island. Much of the lowlands are broken and hilly while plains are not prominent on either Island.


It is estimated the Maori inhabited New Zealand around 800AD. Around eight hundred years later the Western world discovered New Zealand. In 1642, in a bid to locate the mysterious, rich land Australia, the Dutch Explorer, Abel Tasman caught sight of the West Coast of the South Island.

The first European to set foot on New Zealand soil was Captain James Cook of England, in 1769. He also made the first, but inaccurate map of the country. Settlers from England started to arrive in the 1830’s, and by 1840 a Treaty was signed between the crown and the chiefs of the Maori tribes. The Treaty of Waitangi handed sovereignty of New Zealand to the Crown, and is a matter of dispute even today, as the Maori translation is not quite the same as the English.

One hundred and seven years later, in 1947 New Zealand declared independence, and became its own country.


New Zealand has a modern, prosperous, developed economy with an estimated GDP (PPP) of 182.59 billion (2013). New Zealanders have a high level of life satisfaction as measured by international surveys.

New Zealand is a country heavily dependent on free trade. Its principal export industries are agriculture, horticulture, fishing and forestry. These make up about half of the country’s exports. Its major export partners are Australia, US, Japan, China, and UK. Tourism plays a significant role in New Zealand’s economy.


New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, so January and February are the warmest months, autumn is from March to May, winter is from June to August, and spring runs from September to November.

The climate is temperate with relatively mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The weather varies a lot between different regions – the far north is subtropical while the south gets icy wind straight from Antarctica. The far north of the country has an average temperature of about 15°C, while the Deep South has a cooler 9°C average.

New Zealand does not have a large temperature range, lacking the extremes that are found in most continental climates. However, the weather can change unexpectedly — as cold fronts or tropical cyclones quickly blow in.


While New Zealand is culturally and linguistically part of Polynesia, forming the south-western anchor of the Polynesian Triangle, much of contemporary New Zealand culture is derived from British roots. It also includes significant influences from American, Australian and Māori cultures, along with those of other European cultures and – more recently – non-Māori Polynesian and Asian cultures.

Celebration of Diwali and Chinese New Year are held in several of the larger cities. The world’s largest Polynesian festival, Pasifika, is an annual event in Auckland.


New Zealand cuisine is largely driven by local ingredients and seasonal variations. Occupying an Island nation with a primarily agricultural economy, New Zealanders enjoy quality local produce from land and sea. Similar to the cuisine of Australia, the cuisine of New Zealand is a diverse British-based cuisine with Mediterranean and Pacific Rim influences.

Historical influences came from Māori culture, and New American cuisine, Southeast Asian, East Asian and Indian traditions have become popular since the 1970s.

Job Market

Business confidence is increasing and with it employers’ hiring intentions. The major metropolitan regions have experienced the greatest economic growth – led by Auckland and Canterbury. The Canterbury rebuild is picking up and with it demand for people working in construction and associated industries.

Demand for people who do highly skilled jobs (managers and other professionals) is strong and increasing. For lower-skilled workers, most job growth is predicted in food processing, retailing, accommodation, agriculture and construction.

If you are offered a job in New Zealand which appears on a skill shortage list and you have the qualifications and experience to match, getting a work and residence visa will be easier. Currently, the lists cover skills in these areas: Agriculture & Forestry, Construction, Education, Engineering, Finance & Business, Health & Social Services, ICT & Electronics, Oil & Gas, Recreation, Hospitality & Tourism, Science, Telecommunications, Trades and Transport.


Tourism is an important industry in New Zealand, directly contributing NZ$7.3 billion (or 3.7%) of the country’s GDP in 2013, as well as directly supporting 110,800 full-time equivalent jobs (nearly 6% of New Zealand’s workforce). New Zealand is marketed abroad as a “clean, green” adventure playground (Tourism New Zealand’s main marketing slogan, 100% Pure New Zealand, reflects this) with typical destinations being nature areas such as Milford Sound, Abel Tasman National Park or the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

The country is internationally seen as a top holiday destination, shown by receiving awards like being voted most favorite destination by the readers of the Condé Nast Traveler magazine (specialising in luxury travels) in 2008 and was also named the best overseas holiday destination in a 2007 The Daily Telegraph poll.


  1. Full name: New Zealand
  2. Population: 4.5 million (2014 estimates)
  3. Capital: Wellington
  4. Largest city: Auckland
  5. Area: 268,021 sq km
  6. Official languages: English, Māori
  7. Major religion: Christianity
  8. Life expectancy: 76 years (men), 81 years (women)
  9. Monetary unit: 1 NZ dollar ($NZ) = 100 cents
  10. Main exports: Wool, food and dairy products, wood and paper products
  11. Internet domain: .nx
  12. International dialing code: +64

New Zealand has an international reputation as a provider of quality education. It offers a safe learning environment which provides excellent study opportunities and support services for international students. Courses are available for academic, professional and vocational studies at universities, polytechnics and colleges of education. New Zealanders are well traveled, with a great interest in people from other cultures, so visitors and international students soon feel more than welcome.


New Zealand generally has two intakes i.e. February and July, with few Universities offering multiple intakes in September and November. It is suggested that you should start making applications ideally 7-8 months prior to the intake. University generally takes around 4-6 weeks to process the applications.

Multi-cultural environment

Campuses are highly international, with students from all corners of the globe studying and socializing together. Students come from Europe, South East Asia, the UK, North Asia, Japan, South America, India, and Australia, amongst many others.

World of Opportunities

New Zealand offers the best of both worlds: the sophistication and excitement of a cosmopolitan country mixed with an easygoing lifestyle. Thousands of students are choosing to study here, to further their English, broaden their knowledge and improve their job prospects in the global marketplace.

Adventure Capital

New Zealand has a reputation as the ‘adventure capital of the world’ so if you are an extreme sportsperson, there are many opportunities to participate in extreme sports. From white water rafting and skiing to abseiling, mountain biking and snowboarding, you will be spoilt for choice! This beautiful recreational paradise in the south is the Safe choice.

Safer Living

New Zealand is ranked the 3rd Most Peaceful Country, according to the Global Peace Index. With crime rates much lower than other countries, you can focus on your studies and enjoy everything New Zealand has to offer.

Student Support Facilities

There are many state-of-the-art facilities, and with many institutions spearheading several new technological developments, students have access to more advanced technology than they could wish for. As a result, New Zealand produces top graduates who can take their place in the international arena with confidence.

Entry Requirements / Eligibility

Degree/ Program Levels/ University Types Entry Requirements / Eligibility
Undergraduate – Bachelors
  1. A good academic record in High School Certificate or 12 years of schooling.
  2. For most undergraduate level programmes, the minimum academic entry requirement is successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 – NCEA Level 3 University Entrance.
  3. The English language requirements can be met by: A recent IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5
Postgraduate – Masters
  1. An appropriate undergraduate degree from a recognized tertiary institution is required
  2. Any work experience in the field will be helpful
  3. For MBA programs at Universities students need to have work experience along with their Bachelors Degree.
  4. IELTS – A minimum overall band score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) in IELTS examination
Doctorate Degree – PhD
  1. A bachelors and a masters degree, or a bachelor with honors equivalent to four years of study and attainment at first class or 2:1 level, from a recognized tertiary institution


Types of Degree Description
  1. A certificate requires at least one-third of a year of full-time study, but you can do this part time over a number of years.
  2. Levels – A national certificate is a qualification usually registered between Levels 1 and 7 on the National Qualifications Framework [NQF]
  3. Purpose – A National Certificate tells employers you have proven skills in a particular area of work. Its how an employer knows your field of expertise.
Graduate Diplomas
  1. A graduate diploma or certificate is open to graduates [those who have a bachelors degree] or in some cases, those with experience in the field.
  2. Graduate diplomas and certificates are taught at universities, collages of education, polytechnics and private training providers.
  3. Levels – A national certificate is a qualification usually registered between Levels 1 and 7 on the National Qualifications Framework [NQF]
Bachelors degree
  1. A bachelors degree is an undergraduate degree, which requires at least three years of full-time study. You can often study part time over a number of years as well.
  2. Bachelors degrees are taught at universities, polytechnics and private training providers.
Postgraduate diplomas and certificates
  1. A Postgraduate qualification is open to graduates who have a bachelors degree.
  2. Levels – A Postgraduate qualification is located at level 8 of the National Qualifications Framework.
  3. Postgraduate diplomas and certificates are taught at universities, polytechnics and private training providers.
Bachelors degree with Honors
  1. A Bachelors degree with honors requires either a one-year programme following a three-year Bachelors degree.
  2. Levels – A Bachelors degree with honors is located at level 8 of the National Qualifications Framework.
  3. Bachelors degrees with Honors are awarded at universities and polytechnics.
Masters degree
  1. A Masters degree is an advanced degree taken by someone who already holds a Bachelors degree or, in some cases, has extensive experiences in the relevant field.
  2. Levels – A Masters degree is located at level 9 of the National Qualifications Framework.
  3. It usually involves writing a piece based on focused research, called a thesis.
  4. Most masters degrees take two years of full-time study to complete, or four years of part-time.
  5. Masters degrees can be studied at universities, polytechnics and private training providers.
  1. A doctorate is also called as a PhD, and is the highest university degree.
  2. It usually involves extensive research resulting in thesis. The person is awarded the title of doctor.
  3. Most PhDs require three years of full-time study by someone who already holds a Masters degree, or, in some cases has extensive experience in the field.

Document Required

  1. Resume
  2. Statement of purpose
  3. Graduation Mark sheets and passing certificates from 10th onwards
  4. Two reference letters from recently passed out educational institutions/ employers
  5. Passport copy
  6. IELTS score sheet
  7. Statement of purpose
  8. Extracurricular certificates